Gender gaps and reentry into entrepreneurial ecosystems after business failure

Sharon A. Simmons, Johan Wiklund, Jonathan Levie, Steve W. Bradley, Sanwar A. Sunny

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Despite the significant role played by serial entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurial process, we know little about group differences in reentry decisions after business failure. Using an ecosystems framework and stigma theory, we investigate the variance in gender gaps related to the reentry decisions of 8,171 entrepreneurs from 35 countries who experienced business failures. We find evidence of persisting gender gaps that vary across ecosystem framework conditions of public stigma of business failure and public fear of business failure. Our findings shed new light on ecosystem inefficiencies that arise from multiple interactions between entrepreneurs and institutions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSmall Business Economics
Early online date9 Feb 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Feb 2018


  • gender
  • business failure
  • stimga
  • fear of failure
  • entrepreneurship
  • ecosystems

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